Deploying rugged Windows and Android computers onto forklifts, stock pickers, and yard jockeys continue to be a vital component of the supply chain, manufacturing, and logistics world. Regardless of the industry or application, getting access and transmission of key data into the hands of the material handling operator is increasing efficiency, accuracy, and customer service.
Nearly 80% of all forklifts are equipped with some type of data collection hardware. These devices range from non-rugged consumer tablets to rugged tablets
, to rugged all-in-one forklift computers engineered specifically for that environment and application.
Glacier recognizes this continuously growing trend and sells an array of forklift mounted computers. When a customer mandates portability and has forklift operators who will be moving on and off the lift to accomplish their data collection and scanning operations, a rugged tablet computer is an ideal solution. These mobile functions might include narrow aisle work or cycle counting. If it is deemed that the computer will never leave the lift, the ideal solution is an all-in-one vehicle-mounted computer designed specifically for a forklift.
Tablet computers for forklift use come in a variety of styles, form factors and levels of ruggedness. It is important to note that a consumer or non-rugged tablet will cost less at the outset but the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) will be much higher over several years. The true costs of a failed or broken tablet include not only the actual replacement cost, but also the downtime, lack of efficiency and the IT support costs. A properly executed rugged tablet deployment will include a tablet engineered to MIL-STD-810F, sealed to IP 65, Gorilla Glass or equivalent display, Wifi, glove-friendly touchscreen, rugged dock with port replication, electrically isolated DC/DC power supply and mounting arm. Options and accessories can include keyboards, integrated bar code scanners, external antennas, hand straps, RFID and more.
With regards to an all-in-one computer, Glacier offers several options depending on the OS and the environment. Glacier forklift computer offerings include Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 IOT and GMS certified Android units. Screen sizes are 10” and 12”, with capacitive and resistive touchscreens, internal heaters, internal 12-48 VDC power conversion, internal UPS, multiple I/O including locking USB, external dual diversity antennas, 802.11, Wifi, and solid-state drives. Glacier Computer forklift units include the 5th generation Glacier Kodiak
, Zebra VC80 series
, and Honeywell Thor units. Mounting options are varied and versatile as are keyboards, USB and Bluetooth scanners, and warranty coverage for any environment.